Between 410,000 – 740,000 people are hospitalized with flu and 20,000 – 60,000 deaths from the flu each year in the United States (CDC). The combination of SARS-CoV-2 and flu is expected to double the number of patients in the hospital; 20% of patients had both SARS-CoV-2 and flu in 2019. It is very important to get your flu vaccine to prevent getting COVID-19 with the flu, to decrease the stress on hospital systems and to protect yourself.
WHO SHOULD BE VACCINATED?
- Almost everyone over 6 months old should be vaccinated.
- Adults 65 years old or older should consider a high dose vaccine.
- Flu vaccine can be administered at any time during pregnancy.
- People who have had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of flu vaccine, have any severe, life-threatening allergies or have ever had Guillain-Barre Syndrome should talk with their health care provider.
- Goal: 70% of adults vaccinated (Department of Health and Human Services)
- The flu vaccine does not give you the flu.
- The flu vaccine will not protect you from COVID-19.
- The flu vaccine will help protect you from complications of the flu and reduce the burden on U.S. health system.
- The flu vaccine decreases the severity of flu symptoms and reduces hospitalizations even though it does not protect you from flu all of the time and the effectiveness of the vaccine varies from year to year.
- Serious flu vaccine side effects are rare; the most common side effects are soreness at the site of the injection and /or headache.
- People that have had COVID-19 should get the flu vaccine once recovered.
- Continue to wear masks.
- Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.
- Stay apart from others to reduce the risk of spreading or getting a virus.
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